Crowsnest Pass has a vibrant history dating back thousands of years. The early 1900s saw the founding of the five small communities of Coleman, Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank and Blairmore, to support the region’s bustling coal industry.
After the initial boom of the industry at the beginning, residents felt drawn to the area and remained as ranchers and settlers to build these communities into what they are today.
Archeological history reveals that humans have been in The Pass for at least 11,000 years, hosting early nomadic tribes as early as 8,000 BCE. The region was home to the K’tunaxa (Kutenai) and Piikani (Peigan) tribes, who are still represented in the area.
Crowsnest Pass is a majestic setting featuring high altitude plateaus, Chinook-warmed valleys, and breathtaking mountain views. The community has grown around its own history of economic booms, resilient communities, and a local passion for the area.
The geography is also a prominent feature in the history of Crowsnest Pass. Today, this history is celebrated at world-class historical sites, including the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site, and visitor-friendly experiences at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.
The Pass offers a multitude of activities for every adventurer. In the same day, experience world-renowned fly-fishing and 18 holes at one of Alberta’s premiere local golf courses. Run one of the country’s most demanding ultra-marathons or walk through The Pass’s many nuanced main streets. Make it your mission to see the peaks of The Pass by foot or by bike, and return in the winter months to hit the slopes on skis.
Visitors and locals are attracted to The Pass for its supportive sense of community, warm hospitality, and true appreciation for the great outdoors. Be amazed by the variety that Crowsnest Pass offers year-round.
The five towns of Blairmore, Frank, Bellevue, Hillcrest and Coleman are within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. There are no direct flights into the area, but getting there isn’t difficult. With two airports nearby, and a short drive or bus ride, the destination is well worth the journey.
Here’s how to get here:
From Lethbridge, AB:
From Cranbrook, BC:
Service from Calgary, Edmonton or Lethbridge to Blairmore, AB (Crowsnest Pass).
There is a CNP Shuttle (+1-403-564-4911) that offers a private hire mini-bus service between Calgary/Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass.